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B. II. AMAHS, Pabllthsr.
The post office department, on thd
6th, announced the appointment of
Anna H. Meineoke to be postmistrest
a Waiohinu, Hawaii island, Hawaii.
The letter of President McKiniey,
accepting the nomination of the re
publican national convention for the
office of president of the United
States, was made public on the 9th.
Clara Barton, president of the
American National Red Cross, issued
an appeal to the people of the coun
try, on the 10th, for means to relieve
the suffering: anions' the victims of
the hurricane in southern Texas.
(Ico. Zimmer, manager of the Lx
ington (Neb.) telephone exchange,
lind a companion named Thomas, of
Kearney, were drowned while at
tempting to ford the Loup river on
the night of the 7th. The bodies wore
Reports from Sharpsdale, a smaV.
town, n-ar Mount I'lanco, in southern
Colorado, say that the feud over thtf
use of the range, which has long ex
isted between cattlemen and sheer
men, reached a climax, recently, wher.
the cattlemen drove 3.000 sheep ovei
a precipice 400 feet high.
Un'ted States Minister Pierce, at
St. Petersburg, on the 10th, signed a
protocol arranging for the arbitra
tion oi the claims of American scalers
lor the seizure of their vessels by the
Russian government about, six years
tigo. Dr. Asscr. a Dutch publicist,
Wit.-' named as arbitrator.
President and Mrs. McKiniey
leave Washington, on the 11th
Somerset, Pa., to attend the wedding
of Miss Mabel McKiniey and Dr. 15aer.
The trip to Somerset will be made
by daylight. Immediately after the
ceremony they will depart for Can
ton, O., to remain some days.
liids were opened at the treasury
tiepartnicnt, on the loth, for the con
struction (except heating apparatus,
electric wiring and conduits), of the
United States post otlice building' at
Stockton, Gal. There were seven bids,
of which that of McPhetters & Co..
San Francisco, of 94,862, was the low
est. It was asserted at the Austrian for
eign office, on the 7th, according to
the Vienna correspondent of the Lon
don Daily Mail, that Russia had
agreed to a compromise, leaving a
portion of the troops in Pekin and
sending the main body to Tien Tsin.
which has been the military headquar
ters. Kx-Secretary John Sherman and hif
daughter, Mrs. J. I. McCallum, will
leave Mansfield, O., on the 17th, for
Washington, where they will spend
the winter. Mr. Sherman's property
at Mansfield, which includes several
acres in the residence part of the city,
has been laid out in lots anil will be
An earthquake occurred at Lituya
Bay, Alaska, on August 11, whin
did much damage. Five of the im
mense glaciers which head intoLituy
bay were dislodged by the disturb
ance and 6ent crashing into the bay.
causing the submersion of a small
island and the drowning of five In
dians. The North German Lloyd steamship
Wilhelm der Grosse was sighted by
the Deutschland at daybreak, on the
6th, and was passed at noon. She was
out of eight at nightfall. The much
advertised race, therefore, was of
brief duration, the Deutschland over
hauling and outstripping her rival
United States Minister Irving B.
Dudley, who left Lima, Pern, oa the
6th, for Callao, on his way to the
United States, was accompanied to
the railway station by an aide de
vamp of President Romana, several
members of the cabinet, the diplo
matic corps and a number of personal
The judge advocate general of the
army has received the records of sev
eral cases of native Filipinos tried by
military commissions for various
crimes, such as murder, robliery, etc.,
some of whom were executed, while
others were saved by Gen. MacAr-thtu-'s
disallowing the findings of the
Maj. Marchand, of Fashoda fame,
embarked at. Marseilles, on the 9th, on
a steamer bound for China, where he
goes to represent France on the in
ternational commission composed of
officers entrusted with the settlement
of diplomatic questions and any diffi
culties arising between the different
portion of the foreign corps.
The state department has received
Information that, about a year ago,
Mr. Angitstin Ferez, a native of
France, but a citizen of the United
States, died at Puebla, Mexico; that
at the time of his death he owned a
half interest in an onyx mine, and
that he left three children in New Or
leans w ho should be heirs to the prop
erty. Later news from the great, disaster
on ;he Texas coast, received, on the
10th. say that Sabine Pass and Port
Arthar were practically uninjured in
he awful visitation, but abate noth
ing of the first reports of death and
destruction at Galveston, and tba
score of other towns heard from. Tba
riestd will number thousands, and ths
property tons must reach many mill
ions of dollars. Full details of the
calamity will not be known for days.
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NEWS IN BRIEF.
Oonniled from Various Sources.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
During the Austrian military ma
neuvers, on the 7th. on the Iwirdcrs of
Galicia and i'ohemin. a big gun ex
ploded, killing four men outright and
fatally wounding 18 others.
"The Abbot reduced the world's;
mile trotting-to-wagon record, on the
7th. at Charter Oak park. Hartford,
Conn., tn S:0.";. Tlc former record
was 2:0'.i' i, held by Lucille, made at
Cleveland in 1J7.
The statement of the treasury bal
ances in the irener;il fund, exclusive
c.f the $150,000,000 gold reserve in the
division of redemption, issued on the
Cth. showed: Available casn balance,
fl ;4.37:tJi;.-; gold, $(iS,.-,(M.sr.(.
L. A. Runyan, a banker of Yates
Center. K:is., was arrested, on the
night of the 7th. charged witi. cm-
It -ling of SI 2.001 .
One of the most awfully destructive
storms that ever visited this country
swept the lower half of Texas, on th i
Mh and Sth. Many towns are report
ed as entirely obliterated, with a list,
of dead and injured from each. The
entire face of the country for miles
back from the coast was said to have
been inundated, the surface of the
water being strewn with corpses.J
wicck:ige from destroyed homes, fur
niture and general debris. Meager
reports from Galveston indicate that
a large portion of the town and island
were swept away and that the loss o
life would reach up into the thou
Advices from Pekin. to the 1st. say
that Kmperor Kwang Su was then at
Hsuen llwa Fu, in the province of Ch
Li, I'M miles north of Pekin. It is also
reported that Gen. Yung Lu and his
entire family had committed suicide.
The condition of Gen. John A. Me-
Clernand was slightly improved on
the 9th. He took some nourishment
and his strength was somewhat bet
ter. There is a shadow of hope for
Arrivals at Victoria, B. C. from the
north report rich strikes in th
Tanana country. One miner reports
that, the ground in places pays $100
Another bubonic plague suspect wa
removed to the isolation hospital at
Glasgow on the 9th.
l'resident McKinlcv. on the Jitli.gave
cut his letter accepting the renoinina-
tion for the presidency at the hands
of the republican arty. The docu
ment is about 11,000 words long, and
is considered a good state paper.
A Washington dispatch of the 9th
says that orders have been sent to
Gen. Chaffee to hold himself in readi
ness to withdraw the United States
forces from China. Transports have
been ordered to Taku to carry the
troops to Manila.
All signs point to the speedy termi
nation of the war in South Africa.
The Boers are becoming disheartened
and while some of the commandoes
leniain organized, they are devoid of
artillery or transportation. Some of
them are talking of trekking into
The storm that did so much damage
in the West Indies last week struck
the Texas coast on the Sth and 9th,
sweeping everything before it. It is
estimated that upwards of 3.000 lives
have been lost, and four or five thou
sand houses destroyed. Galveston, at
last accounts, was isolated, and the
full extent of the damage there could
not be learned.
There is not a house in all of Hour;
too, Tex that was not damaged to
some extent by the recent storm. The
electric light power-house and the
plant furnishing power for street
cars are wrecked and can not be re
paired for several days. The damage
to each will exceed $3,000.
The national executive board of the
United Mine Workers of America ad
journed sine die, at Indianapolis, Ind
without promulgating a formal in
dorsement of the application of the
miners of the anthracite districts for
permission to strike.
The excursion steamer John Endi
cott, of the Boston &. Plymouth line,
struck a sunken rock just east of Mi
not's light, on the Massachusetts
coast, on the 9th, and tore a hole in
her side, so that she was obliged to
tun full steam for the shore off North
Scituate, where she foundered. No
lives were lost.
Secretary of State Hay writes from
his country home: "I am getting
along pretty welL I was tired to the
veiy bones when I got here, with a
touch of my old neuralgic malady,
there is no special hurry about going
back to Washington. Adee is one of
the most intelligent and competent
men we ever had in the service, and,
besides.' Dr. Hill is there now
At Macedonia Church, eight miles
rorth of Albion. IIL, on the 9th, Hen
ry Kunst and Htdiry Hcsk quarreled
rnd fought. After they had ceased
fighting and while they were stand
ing, facing each other, Kunst drew a
revolver and sent four shots through
Bess' Wdy, killing him instantly. j
A dispatch froUl Houston, 'I'ex on
the night of the 9th, said 4 hat the en
tire town of Sabine Pass had been
s wept away by a tidal wave, and that
the loss of life had been quite heavy.
The town was swept away in 1886.
The Kansas City (Mo.) Star an
nounces that, with the consent of the
subscribers to the Matanzas reconceu
trado relief fund, it will transfer the
balance remaining from that fund,
2.184. to the Galveston relief fund.
The population of the city of Terre
Haute, Ind., as officially announced,
on the 10th, is: 1900, 36,673, 1890, 30,217
an increase in population of 6,456, or
21.37 per cent, from 1SJI0 to 1900.
The Indianapolis (Ind.) board of
trade, on the 10th, voted $500 for the
reliei of the Texas flood sufferers.
The president and party arrived at
Somerset. Pa., on the 10th, to be pres
ent at the wedding to Miss Mabel Mc
Kiniey, the president's niece, and Dr.
Hermanns L. l'aer.
AH the London papers contain edi
torials expressing sympathy with the
United States in the Galveston dis
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
nmms aggregating j2.:;on.nnn or
more have arisen in connection with
the efforts made, principally in Ha
waii, to prevent the bubonic plague
from securing a foothold in this conn
trv and its out-lying possessions, by
burning down a considerable part of
the Japanese and Chinese quarters,
where it was thought the disease
might lind lodgment.
The fiftv-tliird grand council of the
Improved Order of Red Men convened
in Milwaukee on the lltli. The order
is in an excellent financial condition.
the reserve fund amounting to over
two million dollars. The great In-
cohonee. George K. Green, of Ring-
hamtiKi. X. Y.. reported over twenty-
three thousand new members in the
past two years.
The British steamship Montgomery,
('apt. Sccoustie, from Ship island to
Hamburg, which arrived at Norfolk,
Ya.. on the 11th, from Bunker, rc-
poits having met the great tropical
storm in the Gulf of Mexico. She
sighted two barks, one barkentine and
one selioouer ashore on the Florida
The I'.iitcd States transport Law-
ton sailed from San Francisco, on the
Uth. tor the far north, to bring
back destitute miners. All the avail
able space In-low decks was devoted
to berths, proxiding liedding for near
ly a thousand persons besides the
regular complement of officers and
Capt. Daniel F. Stiles. TT. S. A., re
tired, died at Oklahoma City, Okla.,
on the 11th, of inflammation of the
liowels. He was a grand army vet
eran, and was prominently connected
with the opening of Oklahoma, being
stationed here at the time.
At Fort Scott. Kas.. on the Uth. act
ing under the impulse of a diseased
mind. Ora G. Scott, aged 22. buried a
hatchet five times in the brain of his
70-year-old grandmother, Mrs. M. J,
Wickersham, killing her instantly.
Acting Secretary Meiklejohn. on the
11th. authorized the chartering of a
special train from St. Ixinis to carry
quartermaster's and commissary sup
plies to the relief of the destitute at
Gov. Savers or lexas received up
wards of one thousand telegrams, on
the 11th, from parties in the east and
west offering assistance to the flood
sufferers at Galveston.
it-ii. Baden-Powell has been ap
pointed chief of the Transvaal police.
CURRENT NEWS NOTES.
Attorneys for the defense in the;
dynamiting cases at St. Louis propose
to test the constitutionality of the
special jury law.
An impudent tramp peddler in St.
Louis county, Mo., was driven away
at the point of a shotgun by a woman
Ruby Richardson, seven years old.
was run over and killed by a street
car while returning home from school
at St. Louis.
A letter from London indicates that
Rev. Charles M. Sheldon's criticisms
of the Knglish people are strongly
The war between Chicago gas com
panies has resulted in the reduction
of the price of gas from $1 to 40 cents
per 1,000 feet.
The combined census reporfs of 54
cities shows an increase of 3,494,666
in population, or an average gain of
27.90 per cent.
Special Officer T. Rosser Roemer, of
St. Louis, accused of grossly insulting
three girls, is still on duty while his
superiors offer excuses.
The president's cabinet is widely
scattered. Secretary of War Root is
the latest member to leave Washing
ton on a vacation.
The attorney for former Capt.
Oberlin M. Carter, serving a prison
sentence for embezzlement of govern
ment funds, will ask Judg-Thayer, at
St. Louis, for writ of habeaus corpus.
A posse and bloodhounds are on the
trail of two negro robbers, who seri
ously wounded Farmer Riggs, near
his home in Godfrey, 111.
Torrential rainstorms on the island
of Jamaica have washed away miles
of railroad tracks and done much
damage to banana plantations.
The McKenna steel nulls, at Joliet,
111 which have been idle during the
summer, will start on Monday with d
good line of orders ahead.
A safe-blower was captured at
Hackett, Ark., while robbing the
store of Johnson & Pace. .
John 11. Bell, a well-known resident
of Flora, 111., died suddenlv of apo
plexy. He was a veteran of the civil
The president and Mrs. McKinlev
will leave Washington, Monday after
noon, for Somerset, Pa., to attend the
marriage there, Tuesday, of Mis; .tla-
bel McKintey and Dr. Hermanns Lud- j
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
Henry J. Curtice, the veteran news
paper man of southwest Missouri,
founder of the Neosho Miner and Me
chanic in 1873, and of late editor of
that newspaper, suddenly of heart
failure at his home in Neosho. He was
born in New York in 1831 and gradu-
! ated at Albany law school, served
I three rears as cantain in thf- Tl,ir.
I nth Wisconsin infantry, came to
Missouri in 1S6 and published the
Daily Patriot at Springfield. He was
one of the most prominent, able and
forcible writers of southwest Mis
souri, a member of the Newton coun
ty bar, and postmaster under Harri
son. John H. Yogclsang, o le of the most
prominent produce and commission
merchants of St. Louis. His death
was due to prostration from heat.
William Collier, a prominet Grun
dy county pioneer, at his home in
Trenton, of dropsy. He was born in
Howard county, in 1S28. but had lived
in Trenton since 1S44.
Mr. James M. Franciscus. once a
prominent St. Louis banker, at his
home. 4449 Laclede avenue, at the ad
vanced age of 92 years. The old gen
tleman hr.d been ill some time, ami
his death was not altogether unex
pected. Animal Map at llourl.
Thomas P. Rixey, state labor com
missioner, has just published an offi
cial msp of Missouri, showing the sur
plus commodities shipped from each
county during ls'.i'.l. The demand for
the map for use in the public schools
Thronghint the state lias been so
great that the matter of having an
additional 15,000 published for distri
bution is under consideration.
Italnbunr bjr Moonlittht.
At Holden, at eight o'clock, the oth
er evening, a dark cloud appeared in
the west, while the moon shown very
bright in the east for ten minutes. A
very bright and distant rainbow ap
peared across the cloud in the west.
The colors could be distinguished and
the bow was perfect, caused by the
Sir. Carrlnfcton'n Opinion.
The state board of agriculture held
a successful two-days farmers' insti
tute at Cameron. W. E. Carrington,
state superintednent of public
schools, delivcrel an address, advo
cating that the schools should give
the farmers' sons and daughters bet
ter understanding of agricultural pur
suits. Mrs. O'Dajr Gets a DlTorre.
The last chapter of the troubles be
tween John O'Day and his wife, Alice
.)'I)ay, was written in a decree of di
vorce granted at Springfield. Mrs.
O'Day and Miss Quinn testified to
cruelty on the part of O'Day, who
failed to appear. She receives consid
St. Louis Pnlilir Schools.
The public schools of St. Louis
opened this year with an attendance
of 61.115; last vear, 5S.184. Thero
were 1.556 in the normal and high.
The IUair school had the largest at
tendance of any of the grammar
abbrd by t'nrle Sam.
James J. Gilpin was arrested at
Batesville. hv Deputy United States
Marshal Osmer. of St. Louis, on
charge of manufacturing and circu
lating counterfeit money.
t.olil In Missouri.
A deposit of gold has been discov
ered in Oregon county. The ore which
has been assayed shows from $130 to
$160 to the ton. People are flocking
to the scene of the find.
Mile Girl Killed by a Street Car.
Ruby Richardson, the seven-year-
old daughter of Leonard Richardson,
2,934 Olive street, St. Louis, was killed
by a street ear while on her way
home from school.
Death in the Honey Moon.
William 1'arrock and his young
wife were drowned in the Nianguu
river near Linn Creek. They had at
tempted to ford the river. Married
onlv a few days.
Rival Health Resorts.
The water in the new mineral well
at Appleton City is the same as that
at Excelsior Springs, and the latter
place now has a rival as a health rs-
Old Setters of Barton.
The old settlers of Barton county
held their annual reunion at Lamar.
Ovor 400 persons registered as having
lived in the county 20 years or more.
Old Woman Murdered.
Mrs. Elizebeth Smith, a widow 72
rears of age, who hart oecn living
alone for years, was found murdered
and robbed in St. Louis county.
Killed br n Train.
R. Leake, a merchant of Hunne-
well, a village seven miles west of
Monroe City, was run over by a Bur
lington freight and killed.
Ended His Earthly Tronbles.
Charles Efflander, under workhouse
sentence for wife-beating, at St.
Louis, committed suicide, from re
morse, it is believed.
Appointed Pension Examiner.
Dr. Albert Merrell has been ap
pointed pension medical examiner for
St. Louis, vice Dr. Hill, who died sev
tral weeks ago.
Vfhst a Haras Did.
A runaway horse and wagon, worth
about $75, demolished $600 worth of
plate glass in St. Louis; also caused
Forty Years for a Killing.
Eel Smith was given forty years in
the penitentiary, at Mount Vernon,
for the murder of Henry Watson, at
IBIS W Sill.
The People Had Warning of th
Storm and Were Filled
PRECEDING COKDITIOHS WERE OMINOUS.
Oat From the Xortb the Wind Tame,
and Then, with Ever Increasing
Force, the Mlsrhty Hurricane
Swept Everything Before It Two
Galveston. Tex., by Western Union
dispatch boat to Houston, Tex., Sept.
10. The terrific cyclone that pro
duced such a distressing disaster in
Galveston and all through Texas was
predicted by the United States weath
er bureau to strike Galveston Friday
night, and created much apprehen
sion, but the night passed without
the prediction being verified. The con
ditions, however, were ominous, the
danger signal was displayed on the
flagstaff of the weather bureau, ship
ping was warned, etc. The south
eastern sky was sombre, the gulf beat
high on the beach with that dismal.
thunderous roar that presaged trou
ble, while the air had that stillness
that betokens a storm.
Out From the North the Wind Came.
From out 'the north, in the middle
watches of the night, the wind began
to come in spiteful puffs, increasing
in volume as the flay dawned, liy ten
o'clock Saturday morning it was al
most a gale; at noon it had increased
in velocity, and was driving the rain,
whipping the pools and tearing things
up in a lively manner, yet no serious
apprehension was felt by residents
remote from the encroachments of
the gulf. Residents near the beach
were aroused to the danger that
threateneil their homes. Stupendous
wa"es began to send their waters far
inland, and the people began a hasty
exit to secure places in the city.
Two Gigantic Forces.
Two gigantic forces were at work,
The gulf force drove the waves with
rresistable force high upon the
beach, and the gale from the north
east pitched the waters against and
over the wharves, choking the sew
ers and flooding the city from that
quarter. The streets rapidly begat
to fill with water; communication be
came iliflicult and the hapless people
were caught between two powerful
elements, while the winds howled and
rapidly increased in velocity.
Railroad Communication Cut Oft.
Railroad communication was cut
off shortly after noon, the track be-
ng washed out; wire facilities com
pletely failed at three o'clock, and
Galveston was isolated from the
world. The wind mometarily in
creased in velocity, while the waters
rapidly rose, and the night drew on
with dreaded apprehension depicted
in the race oi every one. Already
hundreds and thousands were bravely
struggling with their families against
the mad waves and fierce wind for
plaees of refuge.
Public Bulldins-a Crowded.
The public school buildings, court
house, hotels, in fact any place that
offered apparently a safe refuge
from the elements. Decani e crowded
to their utmost. Two minutes of
C:30 p. m., just before the anemo
meter blew away, it had reached the
frightful velocity of 100 miles an hour.
I'nilding8 that had hitheito stood,
tumbled and crashed, carrying death
and destruction tohundred-i of people.
Roofs whistled through the air, win
dows were driven in with a crash or
scattered by flying slate, telegraph,
telephone and electric light poles,
with their masses of wires, wera
snapped off like pipe stems, and wa
ter communications were broken.
A Matter of Speculation.
What velocity the wind attained
after the anemometer blew off ia
purely a matter of speculation. The
lowest point touched by the barom
eter in the press correspondent's of
fice, which was filled by frightened
men and women, was 28.04',; this
was about 7:30 p. m. It then began
to rise very slowly, and by 10 p. m.
had reached 2S.09, the wind gradual
ly subsiding, and by midnight the
storm had passed. The water, which
had reached a depth of eight feet on
Ihe Strand at 10 p. m., began to ebb.
and ran out very rapidly.
The Storm Passed. j
Thus passed out one of the most
frightful and destructive storms
which ever devastated the coast of
The city is filled with destitute, be
reft and homeless, while in the im
provised morgues are the rigid forma 1
of hundreds of victims. Whole fami
lies lie side by side.
Soldiers' Miraculous Escape.
The city beach in the southwestern
part of the city was under ten feet
of water, and the barracks, located
there, are destroyed, the soldiers hav
ing a miraculous escape from drown
ing. Many substantial residences in
the western and southwestern part of
of the city were destroyed, and the
death list from there will be large.
RATIONS AXD TENTS.
Orders Issued for the Immediate
Shipment of Supplies.
Washington, Sept. 12. Orders have
been issued by the war department
for the immediate shipment to Gal
veston of 853 tents and 50,000 l at ions.
These store and supplies are divided
beween St. Louis and San Antonio,
and will be delivered as promptly a
possible. This represents about aii
such supplies as the government ha
on hand at the places named
SOLDIERS. NOT THIEVES. '
Sha Americana Took No Part la ths Loot
Ins; ol the Walled City of
Tlcn Tsln. r
Washington, Sept. 12. The war de
partment yesterday made public tba
To Fowler, Che Foo: Send follow
tng cablegram to Coolidge, command
ing United States forces Tien Tsin:
"Reported here extensive looting im
Tien Tsin. Report immediately
whether American troops took part..
If so. punish severely; repress sternly
Absolute regard for life and property
of non-combatants enjoined.
"By order of Secretary of Wsr.
'Tien Tsin. July 23
"Che Foo. To Corbin, Washington:
Looting by American troops in the
walled city of Tien Tsin unfounded
and denied. Silver taken from burned,
mint under direction Col. Meade, ma
rine corps, commanding, who was in
valided yesterday. Xo property de
stroyed, except under military ex
igency. American troops have orders
to protect life and property non-com--batants
in American southeast quar
ter of city assigned them. Will for
ward reports of commanders of Amer--ican
guards in city.
Supplementarv to the above. Co!..
Coolidge also transmitted the reports,
of Maj. Waller, of the marine corps,.
Maj. J. M. Lee, commanding the First,
battalion of the Ninth infantry, and
Maj. Morris C. Foote, commanding
Company M of Ihe Ninth, which lat
ter were the first American troops to
enter the city: and also an additional,
report signed by himself, all oT which
bear witness that United States troops.:
had no hand in the looting of the city
of Tien Tsin. Indeed all the reports
indicate that the Chinese themselves
were foremost in the looting, and
that pillaged property covered the
streets before the allied forces
tercd the city. The report.
Maj. Foote, while excluding
Americans from any share in
plundering, testifies that looting was.
indulged in by the troops of other -nations.
EARlr LI'S CREDENTIALS.
Vested With Full Powers to Deal-.
WHJ- All Questions That May
Washington, Sept. 32. The state de
partment yesterday afternoon issued-
The following communication was
handed to Acting Secretary of State
Hill, on September 10, by the Chinese
"Cablegram from Karl Li Hung
Chang, dated September the 7th. 1000, .
transmitted by the Chinese minister
at St. Petersburg, under date of the-
9th September, and received by Min
ister Yu on the last named date:
"'I am in receipt of an imperial;
edict of the 30th day of the seventh .
month, August 24. 1900, transmitted
hv l'ao Ting Fu. It is as follows:
" 'Li Hung Chang, envoy plenipoten- -
tiary, is hereby vested with full dis
cretionary powers, and he shall"
promptly deal with whatever fpjes- -tions
may require attention. From
this distance we will not control his
actions. Let this edict be forwarded
with extra expedition at the rate of
600 li per day (to Karl Li) for his in
formation and guidance. Respect
To the above Acting Secretary Hill
has handed Mr. Wu the following- re
"The United States does not feel
called upon to express any opinion at
this time as to the sufficiency of Li
Hung Chang's authority, but hopes it
will transpire that his credentials are-
full and authoritative not onlv for--
negotiation but to enable him without..
further delay to give assurance that
the life and property of Americans
will henceforth be respected through
out the Chinese empire.'
SLAUGHTER AT TIEN TSIN.
The Worst Seea In a Thlrty-FlT-
Xsara Experlsne-Xo Attempt
to Canst the Uosd.
Honolulu, Sept. 4. via San Francisco. .
Sept. 12. Col. Meade, who command
ed all the American forces at Tieu
Tsin, arrived here on Septemler 1. on-
he transport, en route to San Fran
I have been in the war business for
35 years," said Col. Meade, "and I nev
er saw such sluughter as was inflicted
on the Chinese at Tien Tsin on the
ICth and 14th of July.
"When wc finally entered the walled
city there were dead and mangled
bodies every few feet, it seemed.
They lay all over the streets.
"There was no special attempt to.
get the figures of the enemy's loss..
The dead were simply burled as quick
ly as possible, and the Chinese start
ed along the l'ckin road, with what,
wounded they could look after. There,
were alwut two thousand of these.
The battle began at daylight on.
July 13, raged all day and night, and
on the following morning the end
came with the blowing tip. by tho
Japanese, of one of the gates, through,
which the allies entered the city.
ITALY IS TIRED OF IT.
"'anta to Settle with China and.
London, Sept. 12. A special dis
patch from Rome saystheltaliancab
net has decided to initiate immediate
ly negotiations with China. It will
formulate demands for an indemnity
and if they are accepted Italian inter
vention will be considered terminat
ed, and no proposals tending t.
further warfare in China will be con-lidered.